Hutopolis: Identities in Comparison


Hutopolis | Giannantonio Bongiorno, Luis Aguirre Manso, Eugenia Murialdo with prof. Elizabeth Sikiaridi, prof. Frans Vogelaar, Luisa Collina

The social and economical transformations which are happening in both Russia and China are parallel in many ways and both countries are experiencing the shift from a planned economy to new models of development. Cities of both countries are changing and a new evolution is shaping the urban environment: in megalopolis such as Moscow and Beijing this leaves unanswered questions related to quality of life, preservation as well as social and economic contrasts.

During a 6 days workshop the participants will develop new solutions to common sets of problems that afflict both capitals with projects that link the field of urban development, architecture and new media. After comparing sites in both cities and using the tool of “soft urbanism” we aspire to answer this question:

How can a new approach to urbanism (“soft urbanism”) contribute to the city and to urban development?

The workshop will be organized and led by a team of architects, urbanists and new-media specialists who will guide the participants to finalize their concepts with lessons and discussions. The projects will consist in ideas to convey new values for specific sites in both Moscoe and Beijing, like: services, new functions, installations and urban games, represented through analogic, digital or hybrid digital/ analogic presentations.

The workshop will be led by the “Hutopolis” team (Giannantonio Bongiorno, Luis Aguirre, Eugenia Murialdo) with prof. Frans Vogelaar and Elizabeth Sikiaridi and the support of other lecturers and researchers.

“Hutopolis” is a “think tank” that aims to investigate new perspectives for the urban development. Its goal is to re-use and enhance the existing urban frameworks and networks as a key idea to generate a new evolution of the city.